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  1. Newbie
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    I can't figure out the meaning of a phrase

    Hello everybody,

    In a coursebook I have found the following piece of advice:
    "In Russia, you must match your hosts drink for drink or they will think you are unfriendly." (it is a coursebook for adults learning English)

    "match your hosts drink for drink"? What does it mean?

    Thank you for help in advance!

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    Re: I can't figure out the meaning of a phrase

    It means that every time your hosts have a drink (usually alcoholic), you must have an identical drink.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: I can't figure out the meaning of a phrase

    It's a surefire way to a crippling hangover the next day.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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